An Oversized Katazome Dyed Cotton Drawstring Duffel: Noshi and Tachibana
ca. late nineteenth, early twentieth century
22" x 14" x 14", 56 cm x 35.5 cm x 35.5.cm
This is a nice-sized, large, drawstring bag--the size of a small duffel bag-- which is constructed from katazome or stencil resisted indigo dyed cotton.
The cotton is heavy, the bag is hand stitched, and the cotton drawstring seems original to the bag.
The all over pattern is a repeat of traditional Japanese motives: bundles of auspicious noshi interspersed with tachibana, a kind of "wild" orange citrus fruit.
The bag is in very good condition for its age; it shows, of course, an overall patina from wear, and as can be seen in the accompanying detail photographs, there are two, small repairs to the body of the bag.
This is a wonderful, old, large drawstring bag which is made from a good amount of katazome dyed cotton: just beautiful to look at.